Behind The Curtain 29: Back To School: Learning Up For Legalization – September 28, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sharon Letts

Eye Correspondent

“It’s a course on growing pot,” Jill informed, reading the class curriculum from an e-mail. “These two ladies from SoHum went down to Oakland, took classes at Oaksterdamn, and all they learned was that people in Humboldt, and the Emerald Triangle combined, know more about growing pot than they do down there. “

“I could have told them that,” Andrea said from the kitchen. “I mean, how long have they been growing in Oakland,” she laughed.

“I think it’s time you got your 215 card,” Jill advised. “I’d like us to take some of these classes. I mean, money’s tight right now, and if anything, when Prop 19 passes …”

“If it passes,” Andrea said, pouring a cup of coffee and passing it to Jill.

“Well, like I said, if Prop 19 passes, we should grow our own, it would save us a lot of money,” Jill concluded.

“There was no arguing with that,” Andrea thought to herself. “Times were tough, pay raises were halted at work and friends were struggling. If they hadn’t bought their house when they did, well, she didn’t want to think about it. “So, what are they teaching?” she asked. “How complicated can it be?”

Jill turned back to the computer and began reading.

“707 Cannabis College,” Catchy title, huh?” Jill continued, “The classes are in Garberville. What they call the ‘Foundation Class’ is 12 hours, a Saturday and Sunday…”

“Weekends are good,” Andrea interjected.

“’Participants will leave knowing how to start, grow, harvest, dry/cure and store their own medicine,’” she read. “They’ll show us how to do a small, indoor grow using soil. They even go into the legal ramifications. It says Ellen Komp – the deputy director of Cal-NORML is teaching that one – she’ll go into activism as well. That’s interesting.”

“I don’t want to grow indoors,” Andrea said. “Can’t we put a greenhouse out back?”

“Well, now you are thinking. You on-board? Going to get your 215 card now? Jill chided, continuing to read the myriad list of subjects taught. “Health, horticulture, it’s all included in this first set of classes. Wouldn’t you like to address your insomnia?”

“It bothers you, doesn’t it? Jill asked. “I try to be quiet when I get up to smoke at night.”

Andrea walked over and put her arm around Jill, kissed her and said, “When you are happy and rested, so am I. I just thought this might be a good thing to do together, that’s all. Think about it.”

“I’m thinking, you are the love of my life,” Andrea said, pulling her closer. “How do we sign up?”

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